Following a creative streak which took her through the Whitecliffe College or Arts and Design, Kylie Anderson made a sideways move adapting her expertise to her love of flowers.
Then, after floral training at AIT and a number of visits to the Floramax flower auctions, Kylie was all set to enter the business world as a florist.
Family then took precedence but now, with the youngest of her two boys enjoying daycare, Kylie made her first public appearance in Mangawhai at last weekends Village Markets where she will now become a regular attraction.
“I’ve always been creative,“ she told The Focus “and the array of flowers, greenery and different possibilities for presentation is almost endless when you consider weddings, corporate functions, gifts and novelty arrangements.”
Kylie’s works of art have been seen at weddings locally, in Auckland and even on Waiheke Island.
Her ten varieties on display at the markets sold readily.
“There’s no accounting for different people’s taste,” she says “and it’s all about putting together what the customer wants.”
Personally she has no great preference or favourites though she admits to having a soft spot for hydrangeas.
There doesn’t need to be a reason to buy flowers. Flowers, like music, have universal appeal. Anniversaries, special events both happy and sad can be made lighter and brighter with flowers and Kylie can craft a number of styles and contemporary arrangements.
Now people know there are flowers locally they can fill a special spot and at short notice – much like that old faithful box of chocolates, only these last a lot longer and Kylie can give personal service to meet your needs.
Flowers come fresh from Auckland daily and a display of bouquets is available at Fresh in the Village.
Having lived on Waiheke Island, Kylie and husband Gavin are used to small communities and are looking forward to spring and new season blooms.
By Rob Pooley